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Friday, December 29, 2006

Ibn Hazm al-Andalusi (May Allah have mercy upon him)

I like this quote a lot, so I have used it twice!

Ibn Hazm al-Andalusi (May Allah have mercy upon him) said, "If you look deeply into worldly matters you will become melancholy and will end up reflecting upon the ephemeral nature of everything here below, and the fact that truth lies only in striving for the hereafter, since every ambition to which you might cling will end in tears; either the goal is snatched from you, or you have to give the attempt up before you reach it. One of these two endings is inevitable except the search for God the Almighty the Powerful. Then the result is always joy, both immediate and eternal. The immediate joy is because you stop worrying about things which usually worry people; this leads to an increase in the respect paid to you by friends and enemies alike. The eternal joy is the joy of paradise." In pursuit of virtue.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Habib Umar ibn Hafiz 22-07

Dowra notes Five

All praise to you who have gathered here

These beauties will not but be transfused in a heart unless it’s pure

Knock on Allah’s door

These gifts don’t come to anyone

His companions used to yearn for you, Allah, until they couldn’t control themselves

O one who gave them this character, give us

Allahs generosity has no limits

We seek his assistance and asking him for Help.

Hearts differ in their truthfulness in their seeking of him

He gives even to those who are lacking in their request

O Allah show us your blessings and be generous with your gift

How many hearts that is free from these desires

We raise our hands to you, to every individual to those who believe in you, Guide their hearts

O Allah we ask you for help and when this assistance come we will not suffer from problems

Everyone will find the result of what he intended, money.

Those who are veiled have a bad opinion of Allah

On the day of judgement Allah will ask, “To who is the dominion today.”

May Allah allow you to drink from the reality of his kingdom

None of the Prophet s works or actions are small they are mighty

Revive the hearts, O’ one who gives live to hearts

How can you forget Allah, his law, his books

Where is truth to other than him

How can you disobey the one who created you

Disobedience is your end, it your punishment

O’ Allah grant us fear of you

O’ people of La illa ill illah, he calls you, to his reality

From listening to empty soaps and tv and useless work, if you do this you will be cut off and you are in need

Remember him in open and in secret

Your messenger told you what to say in your days

Why don’t you remember him in every state

There is only difficult with the one doesn’t remember Allah

Make us ones how remember you

Prepare yourself for difficulties of this world

O ones who have left the prayer and fasting, your scared of the rockets, the tribulations have come and you are laughing

This is the problem because of the have forgotten Allah

O Allah save us

He is with us when we pray, fast and give money without expecting it back

What power stands before Allah

Whose door are the people going to stand at, you never turn anyone away
You gather hearts on Islam after all this time

O Allah give us a truthful light

O Allah have mercy as I continue to stand at your door, he is my companion at the day and the night

The knowledge of my Lord is significant for me

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Sheikh Saad Al Attas


This is one the months where the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) would fast (Rajab)

This is the month of Miraj

Why did it take so long for the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) to meet Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala? Because his heart was washed four times, he was purified internally and externally

This is a reminder to purify by wudu

And the salat was given in to him when he (peace and blessings be upon him) reached a state of purity

Prayer has a purpose

When the people die and they will resurrected, the prayer will be the first thing taken into account, if they are successful they will be successful in the rest

Salat is loyalty, it has to be based on truth

The greatest stealer is the one who steals in prayer

After your prayer, ask yourself has it had any effect on you?

There was a companion who was praying Tahajjud and an enemy say him and shot him several times with arrows, he didn’t feel it, he was in prayer.

The prayer of a person who prays in time and completes all the actions correctly, the prayer will be taken and it will say, “You have preserved me and Allah preserve you.” When a person prays out of the time and when the prayer is weak and incomplete the prayer goes up and says, “You have neglected me may Allah neglect you.”

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Habib Umar Ibn hafiz 21-07

Dowra notes Four

Tayamum (Shafi)

If he has no water with a distance of a mile, to find wood, he can do tayumum

A traveller can wipe leather socks for 3 days and a resident for one

When the time is up he has to take them off and do wudu again

Someone can only shorten prayers that are 4 rakats

In shafi madhab they can pray sitting on a plane

Our seeking of forgiveness needs another asking for forgiveness because of our state

Don’t listen to your naafs, don’t listen to it

Our own naafs can deceive you more than all the armies of satan

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Habib Umar ibn Hafiz 20-07

Dowra notes three

Guidance for the Spiritual path

Its upon you to purify the defects in you

Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala Angels glorify you

What this means is that we have made us holy for you

Our intentions need to be pure and holy in order to proceed

There is something greater than the heart and that is that the fight against your self and this is a struggle and people have got to Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala

They are with Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala in all circumstances and states

Those who were delayed in going to battle, they share our status in not going out for Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala

There will be a day, when nothing will benefit us except a pure heart

The Purity of the heart is a great affair and he should not think about anyone except Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala

When the heart prostrates to Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala then it never raises its head

O Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala ask you to make this a reality

We need to get up and practice and we need to give the Habib (Umar) time to rest

Aa man who removes something in the way of people is like the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) who removed things from the road and make it easy for us

The Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) said that Taqwa is here and he pointed to his heart three times

This is an affair of the hearts and the souls

All that he has explained, the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) was perfect inwardly and outwardly

If people love beauty, love the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him), if you love perfection, here is the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him)

If you love courage here is the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him), if you love generosity, love the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him), He gave a valley full of cattle to a man

They is no area except that the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) perfected himself in it

A companion was changed when he heard the Quran, it said:
O you slave disobeying Allah, turn to Allah and repent to your guardian and its nothing else but to connect yourself to the Prophet. (peace and blessings be upon him) This should be our state

O Allah forgive us, we have looked at the Haram, forgive us, what we have done and veil our shortcomings

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Validity of Hadith as a source for sacred law

To those brothers who say that they just follow the Quran, there are ninteen different Suras, where obedience to Allah subhnau wa ta'ala and his Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) are ordered.

New Look

Salam alikum

I hope you you like the new look.

Let me know what you think.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Sheikh Saad Al Attas

Sacred knowledge

The Deen of Islam is the greatest blessing on the planet

One of the obstacles that we face in society is when we don’t have knowledge

We don’t have enough educators in this Deen

A scholar said one of the greatest door that satan enters upon a Muslim is ignorance

We cannot build a house without consulting a constriction expert

We don’t have a strong link with Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala and his Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him)

We need scholars in our community, they are the cement and this brings unity and without that, we have disunity

Learning knowledge is an act of worship

Knowledge is an act of the soul and it empowers us against satan

If we neglect knowledge than we neglect our society

We need scholars to preserve the Deen

Today we have mosques and Masjids but bricks and mortar aren’t going to teach our kids

Once a companion built a roof over the masjid and when the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) found out, he didn’t look at the companion and when he asked what was wrong. He (peace and blessings be upon him) said I was told that you build this roof structure, he said yes. He (peace and blessings be upon him) now is not the time

We should designate money for youngsters to go study

We need to encourage our young to learn the Deen

We have to do this now as we might not have the chance because we might not be able to go to these countries later

The person who say that he doesn’t want to learn because then he would have to follow, this person gets two punishments. The person who finds out but doesn’t do it gets one, even if he weak in following up gets one

Friday, December 01, 2006

Habib Umar (trans) Sheikh Yahya Rhodus 19-07

Dowra notes two

What other basin will you go to? Other than the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him)

Scholars when they are travelling

Who doesn’t recognise blessings in his life, they will be taken from them, we have to know the reality of blessings

It’s permissible for a scholar to take money if he has no other method (when travelling)

In an hadith the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said, “Don’t let anyone eat your food except a person of Taqwa.”

There are different types of awilya some can travel great distances, others have different skills

Some scholars chose to travel others did not

Others travelled then stayed somewhere, others travelled and kept travelling

Some students would travel from great distances for one word what about if you learned a sentence. Jabir ibn Abdullah went to Egypt for a hadith about a student who travels for knowledge who is the path of Allah until he returns

They went to meet other scholars and knowledge

Sometimes students can be benefit from a glance, whoever glance doesn’t benefit then his words doesn’t benefit. In other words he will teach by actions rather than words

Whoever doesn’t act on the knowledge he has, his words will be from his hawa (lower passions)

Every student he meets increases that student

The people of certainty speak with their actions more than the words that they say

A glance is beneficial

The one who works from knowledge, he will speak with light

Merely looking at the scholars of knowledge is a benefit itself

It will destroy the impurity in your hearts

The scholars have this ability to look at an individual and they can see their sincerity

The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) “The evil eye is true.”

Looking at someone with evil eye has an effect, so what about the good look of a gnostic it can have a good effect

Turtles have the ability to look at their eggs and this will make them hatch, what about the glance of a true Gnostic

It’s as if they look at someone their look will benefit from them

Some scholars would look at people and see if they where being looked at

They want to teach their souls to taste things that they are not comfortable with so they can get a reward with Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala

One of their intentions they make is that they want to over come their hawa

Their true character will only show when you travel with them

When your tired it is harder to have good character, it is easy to be good when you’re at home and this impacts the soul of the traveller and this is the training

A person will travel all over the place so he can leave the pleasures of the world

The way to attain victory in this world is to remember Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala and read the stories of the righteous and attach our hearts to them

If a man has a lot of whispering of satan, he shouldn’t leave the prayer

We should know that Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala dislikes people to have bad opinion of people and he will punish for it, have a good opinion even if it be evil people

Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala will take people into account not you

To find out who is good scholar you should see good character and good state

We should have a good opinion of people and even if we see them doing bad we should find excuses for them